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for a moment and those threats from kim jong-un, he said he has his missiles pointed at austin, texas, of all places, is he ready to push the button? we'll go ahead and examine the options with two of the world's leading experts on the subject. she may be muddling through allergies. try zyrtec®. powerful allergy relief for adults and kids six years and older. zyrtec®. love the air. are you flo? yes. is this the thing you gave my husband? well, yeah, yes. the "name your price" tool. you tell us the price you want to pay, and we give you a range of options to choose from. careful, though -- that kind of power can go to your head. that explains a lot. yo, buddy! i got this. gimme one, gimme one, gimme one! the power of the "name your price" tool. only from progressive. boom. heart attack. the doctor recommends bayer aspirin to keep this from happening to me again. it's working. [ male announcer ] be sure to talk to your doctor before you begin an aspirin regimen. it can happen to anyone. talk to your doctor. that your mouth is under attack, from food particles and bacteria. try fixoden
greeted their leader kim jong-un during his made for tv inspection tour of military border facilities. kim wants the world to see this as he has dramatically stepped up his dangerous rhetoric. he's even threatening a nuclear threat as he faces tough u.n. sanctions for the nuclear test. the obama administration isn't backing down. >> we're also going to continue to increase the pressure if they don't make the right choice. >> reporter: on his way to afghanistan, defense secretary chuck hagel made clear how closely the u.s. was watching. >> the united states of america and our allies are prepared to deal with any threat. >> cnn has learned the u.s. has recently stepped up surveillance using aircraft, radars, and satellites already nearby. military officials say so far there are no signs of unusual military moves by the north. but there is a disturbing new weapons program, the kn-08. u.s. officials say this missile, shown in a north korea military parade last year, is now undergoing engine testing. it's a three-stage ballistic missile with a potential 3,000 mile range. that's not as far as th
third nuclear test, and there are many things that kim jong-un who's a new leader in north korea. everyone else is newer than he is, nonetheless, he could have issued through rodman or even by letter a very -- a more sophisticated note on how he would like to stand down on the nuclear front, stand down on some of the posturing on south korea. there are many things he could have done to make this serious. he's a pop culture guy, he's a young man. we have to ask ourselves, is he trying to do what he knows. as inadequate and silly as it sounds, maybe there's something deeper there. i don't think there is, but barack obama needs to respond to serious initiatives and not just the pop culture ones. and the leader of north korea needs to learn that. >> here's what i don't get about these diplomatic niceties. why isn't this the best time to call, after north korea has done something that we really really don't want and we really want them to stop doing it. the soviet missiles were in cuba, and so president kennedy was communicating as directly with nikita khrushchev as he could. he didn'
up. victor, alison? >> jim, we saw the photographs just a few seconds ago of kim jong-un with four generals behind him and the map in the background talks about targets in the u.s. what is the likelihood that kim jong-un and his army could pull that off? >> in a word, zero. they cannot hit the u.s. mainland with what they have now. if they were to launch that missile that they put up to put a satellite in orbit, they'd have to leave it on the launch pad probably ten days as they fueled it up. they simply don't have the capability, they're too vulnerable, but they do have medium and long-range missiles with a range of about 1,300 miles the longest ones and that does put guam and japan within range, those missiles work and there are concerns over that, the concerns are over the more low level things they could do, the cyber attacks like we saw in the banks, the incident like the "cheonan" that was lost in 2010, those are things that south korea and the u.s. are keeping a close eye on tonight. >> jim clancy in seoul, south korea, for us, thank you. >>> we've got much more ahead this h
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country on earth, north korea, and its bizarre leader kim jong-un? >>> finally, calling luke skywalker and captain kirk, was president obama referring to "star wars" or "star trek" when he criticized republicans last week about the sequester? the answer may be in the "sideshow." >>> let's begin with republican unity on spending cuts. howard fine marn is the editorial director for "the huffington post," and jared bernstein is a former economic adviser to vice president biden. both are msnbc political analysts. gentlemen, "the new york times" caught on to a trend within the republican party today with their front page headline "gop clings to one thing it agrees on, spending cuts." richard stevenson then wrote conservative governors are signing onto provisions of what they once derisively dismissed as obama care. prominent senate republicans are taking positions on immigration that would have gotten the party's presidential candidates hooted off the debate stage during last year's primaries. same-sex marriage has gone from being a reliable motivator for the conservative base to gaining br
is not going to call kim jong un and discuss whether the heat is going to beat the thunder in the nba finals. this year. it's not going to happen. >> should dennis rodman offer to answer questions to the state department? [ laughter ] >> i don't think the state department -- >> i had to ask that. i just had to ask it. >> maybe they would have some interest in what he observed as he went around north korea so they know a bit more about what is going on in the country. but i would like the hear that conversation. i would love a readout from that conversation. >> they love basketball. he loves basketball. so i guess the president could fill out his nba bracket and kim jong un could fill out his nba bracket. and of course, rodman could deliver it to him. >> right. >> this is one of the most bizarre international stories i think we have seen come down the pike in a long, long time. and rodman, for him 20 go on this week and play it serious even adds to how bizarre it is. and he actually thinks that he might be some kind of an ambassador in all of this. >> exactly. he is taking this very seriously
korea's dictator, kim jong-un, would be secretary of state john kerry or even president obama. but, no, former basketball star dennis rodman beat them to the punch. rodman, known as the worm, wiggled his way back into the spotlight after pictures surfaced of him hanging with the tyrant while visiting pyongyang to film a basketball documentary. rodman calls kim, quote, an awesome guy and a friend. even more bizarre was that the hall of famer revealed to abc's george stephanopoulos that kim gave him a message for president obama. listen. >> i sat with him for two days, and at one point he asked me to give obama something to say and do one thing. he wants obama to do one thing. call him. >> he wants a call from president obama? >> that's right. he told me that. he said, if you can, dennis, i don't want to do war. he loves basketball. obama loves basketball. let's start there. let's start there. >> do you expect the obama administration to use rodman's basketball diplomacy anytime soon but et's talk about it. chris cillizza is an msnbc political analyst. stephen smith is an espn commentato
sight. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> you're in "the situation room." >>> strong man kim jong-un spelled out his potential targets on a map during an emergency meeting with his generals. one of those targets, austin, texas. yes, texas. raising the question, should the u.s. military take kim jung un seriously. >> let's bring in chris lawrence. he's doing serious reporting on this. what are you hearing, chris? >> wolf, a lot of people in texas right now have to be wondering, how in the world did we end up on any sort of target list with a bull's-eye. u.s. officials aren't concerned about austin, but they are very worried about this escalating rhetoric. look past the picture of kim jong-un putting north korean rockets on standby inside his military command. there's a chart marked, u.s. mainland strike plan, with missile trails aiming at hawaii, california, d.c., and for some reason, austin, texas. it's wishful thinking on pyongyang's part. they can't reach the u.s. yet. but tens of thousands of american troops are well within range of a more limited strike, something short of an all
iteration. >>> so let's talk a little bit about north korea's leader kim jong-un. usually, he regularly threatens the united states. dennis rodman says he loves the guy. kind of a strange trip that he took to north korea. >> you think? >> and we'll tell you what dennis rodman says the leader wants president obama to do next. that's ahead. >> announcer: did you know there are secret black market websites around the world that sell stolen identities? >> 30-year-old american man, excellent credit rating. >> announcer: lifelock monitors thousands of these sites 24 hours a day. and if we discover any of our members' data for sale, lifelock is there with the most comprehensive identity theft protection available. [♪...] [squealing, crash] call 1-800-lifelock or go to lifelock.com today. everyone's retirement dream is different; how we get there is not. we're americans. we work. we plan. ameriprise advisors can help you like they've helped millions of others. to help you retire your way, with confidence. ♪ that's what ameriprise financial does. that's what they can do with you. let's get t
korea. recently, the youthful new dictator there, kim jong un, tested a nuclear weapon and a ballistic missile. earlier today, the north koreans staged a massive rally and threatened a preemptive nuclear strike against the u.s. but their missile isn't that good and the white house wasn't impressed. hugo chavez never missed a chance to demonize the united states when he was president of venezuela. today, his countrymen said good- bye. some waited ten hours to file past his casket. chavez died of cancer on tuesday. the funeral is tomorrow. will the nation's toughest restrictions on abortion survive a legal challenge? why did a bolshoi ballet star order an attack on his boss? and from the looks of it, it was a good day to stay out of the water. when the cbs evening news continues. remember when you said men are superior drivers? yeah. yeah. then how'd i get this... [ voice of dennis ] ...allstate safe driving bonus check? what is that? [ normal voice ] so weird, right? my agent, tom, said... [ voice of dennis ] ...only allstate sends you a bonus check for every six months you're accident-
.s. with talk of nuclear weapons last night. there they are, kim jong-un visiting troops near the border, sparking a kind of hysteria as soldiers raised their hands in the air, in the surf, supposedly a sign of their devotion to the regime. >>> now the big news out of rome, the conclave, the vote to choose the next pope will begin on tuesday. the cardinals will move into a sequestered building near the sistine chapel. we see their quiet rooms. there's a bed inside, a cross above it and a desk to study. there's also a chapel in the dorm and tonight, the italian press is reporting that among those cardinals, a division is growing on one side. roman insiders on one side and other americans pushing for reform. abc's terry moran talks to men and women in the american catholic church for the reality of their views from here. >> reporter: they will choose the next pope, the cardinals, the princes of the church, all men. all rigorously loyal to the conservative vision that now dominates church leadership. sometimes it all seems so far away, so different from the lives and concerns of catholics h
. this comes at the end of the week in which kim jong-un ended the 60-year peace deal with south korea and threatened the united states with a preemptive nuclear attack. joining me now is william cohen and, sir, i'm so glad you're here because this is kind of frightening jargon that's coming out of kim jong-un. i mean, is there any way to gauge how serious these threats are? to make sure this isn't all just bluster? >> well, there is a lot of bluster, but i think that he would understand that any threat to the united states that he seeks to carry out would be met with a response that certainly would alter the geography in that region of the world. and i think what we have to do, three things, number one, we have to lower the rhetoric, which we have done. we have to increase the training and readiness, which we're also doing of our troops in the region along with the south korean forces. and what we also have to do is intensify the sanctions against the north korean regime, which we're doing. and the final thing is president obama said we will reach out to you with an open hand, but we
for 11 days. south korean activists ripped up and burned a photo of north korean leader kim jong-un. as promised north korea has cut off communications with the south. the north threatened a nuclear strike against the u.s. over the drills and recent round of u.s. sanctions. >>> in afghanistan chuck hagel denied allegations that the u.s. and taliban were working together to scare the afghan people. the charges came from afghan president hamid karzai before his meeting with hagel. charlie d'agata reports. >> reporter: defense secretary chuck hagel had a busy sunday schedule, meeting with u.s. forces and with afghan officials. but he never got to the scheduled joint press conference with afghan president hamid karzai. it was canceled. the afghan said the americans pulled the plug. the pentagon said there were security concerns. further muddying hagel's visit, hamid accused the united states and hagel from holding talks. as an example, he cited saturday's suicide bombings that killed 19 people. he said they're trying to frighten us into thinking that if the foreign
of those hot lines they have to south korea? >> that's right. over the years, north korea under kim jong-un and before him, his father kim jong-il have made threats like this before, but there's growing concern among some, because of the unpredictability of this new leader, the son of kim jong-il, they consider him to be extremely dangerous, and they're taking a very close look at this. they're so concerned that just last week the u.s. and the south korean government signed a new military agreement that in the event of any kind of attack by north korea, that the two allies, the u.s. and south korea could work together in a possible counter attack. so people are taking this very seriously. they see no imminent threat. they see no indications from the south koreans that they are actually preparing to stage any attacks, but nevertheless everybody is taking this threat seriously and they're on a high aall right of watch, at least. jim mickle shells can i from the pentagon, we appreciate it. thank you so much. >> okay, luke. >>> there was a jobs for our heroes job fair today, an effort to help v
leader kim jong-un this week and they had dinner and partied it up a little bit and he was with the harlem globetrotters before leaving the country. the former nba star had this to say about kim jong-un. >> he's proud. his country likes him. not likes him, loves him. >> yes. i love him. that guy is awesome. >> i've got quite a bit to say about this particular diplomatic trip. i will share my thoughts on that in our next hour. still to come, though, when a threat might not be a threat and what it means for the white house press corps and what it says about us. plus, the college of cardinals will gather monday, who are the favorites to succeed pope benedict xvi. >>. you're watching msnbc the place for politics and the place for papal politics, as well. [ fishing rod casting line, marching band playing ] [ male announcer ] the rhythm of life. [ whistle blowing ] where do you hear that beat? campbell's healthy request soup lets you hear it... in your heart. [ basketball bouncing ] heart healthy. great taste. mmm... [ male announcer ] sounds good. it's amazing what soup can
threat is a chart seen in a photo of kim jong un reportedly putting his rockets on stand-by. shows targets on the west coast and, for some reason, austin, texas. experts say it is wishful thinking. north korea has no missiles that can reach austin or the u.s. mainland. >>> the world has lost a music legend. phil ramone died today at 72. he was more than a producer. in fact, stevie wonder called him the star of stars bethiend starses. he was a visionary who made technical innovations to compact disks and surround sound. billy joel described him as the most talented guy in my band and said the music world has lost a giant. ray mone won 14 grammys and worked with stars including ray charles, arena franklin, paul mccartney and frank sinatra. >>> the navy say it is man who died in a parachute training accident in arizona was a member of the s.e.a.l. team 6, the squad that went after osama bin laden in pakistan. 31-year-old brett shadow died at a training facility. the pair collided in air during a freefall. the other is in stable condition now. the accident is under investigation, of co
to heat up. what dennis rodman plans to do this summer with his fellow kim jong un. white house tours shut down. was that really necessary? stuart varney says there's other programs president obama could have cut before closing the white house. first happy birthday james taylor. he's 65. [ dylan ] this is one way to keep your underwear clean. this is another! ta-daa! try charmin ultra strong. it cleans so well and you can use up to four times less than the leading value brand. oh! there it is. thanks son. hey! [ female announcer ] charmin ultra strong has a duraclean texture that can help you get clean while still using less. and it's four times stronger versus the leading value brand. charmin ultra strong helps keep you and your underwear clean. we all go. why not enjoy the go with charmin ultra strong? at od, whatever business you'rep in, that's the business we're in with premium service like one of the best on-time delivery records and a low claims ratio, we do whatever it takes to make your business our business. od. helping the world keep promises. prego?! but i've been buying ragu fo
kim jong un. rodman is there filming "basketball diplomacy." >>brian: you know what kim jong un said? he believes it can bring our countries closer together. they hit it off. they had that magic. >>steve: can we live without him? >>gretchen: he's been out of the news for awhile. i think we can hand him over there for a couple of years. see if he can get something done. >>brian: we'll follow dennis rodman. also if we have time, sequester talk. no deal as of late. the deadline without lawmakers reaching a deal. at 11:59 tonight it will kick in. >> remember, large majorities of both houses of congress voted in favor of the budget control act knowing that if the debt-reducing super committee failed then sequestration was possible. that super committee did fail back in 2011 and fast forward to yesterday when congress adjourned for the weekend with no deal in place to avoid the automatic cuts that go into effect by midnight. republican senator lindsay graham said the white house and congress share the blame for what's coming. >> you've got one obligation that nobody in this body has. you'r
at 6:00 p.m. eastern only on cnn. kim jong-un, they are putting people on high alert. the communist country threatened to attack bases in the pacific and earlier this month vowed a nuclear attack on america leading up to a security council vote. they say they are capable of defending against any threat from north korea. >>> she's been through two murder trials twice already. i guess they need a tiebreaker perhaps. italian security judges have ruled that amanda knox who captivated audiences worldwide in 2009 and 2011 must be retried for the 2007 murder of knox's british roommate, meredith kercher. there were signs she had been sexually assaulted. both knox and her ex-boyfriend were convicted in 2009 and were sentenced to more than 20 years in prison. they appealed the conviction and throughout the trial viewers could not get enough of the woman whom the european tabloids nicknamed foxy knoxy. a young american woman caught up in a scandalous murder case in an exotic place. the convictions for knox and her ex were overturned for lack of evidence freeing knox to return home to seattle,
player back from north korea, where he met with basketball fan and iron fisted leader kim jong-un. rodman says he loves the guy, even in the face, of course, of all those pesky prison camps and starving masses, for heaven's sakes. the worm, apparently, is even dishing out an invite to president obama. >> he want obama to do one thing, call him. he wants a call from president obama? >> that's right. he told me that. he said, if you can, dennis, i don't want to do war. i don't want to do war. he said that to me. >> did you say, why don't you pick up the phone and call president obama? >> no, you know, it's a different story. it's a different story because, guess what, the kid is only 28 years old. 28. >> no one's ever going to confuse rodman with being secretary of state. we'll just put that out there. but what about his gushing praise for this guy? is rodman a pawn? is he a peace maker? is he just another punch line? is l.z.? >> was that a "saturday night live" skit? >> no. >> because i just simply can't believe we're still talking about dennis rodman in this capacity. look, you can't expe
fanatic response to kim jong-un as he visited a military camp near the south korean border. troops raising their arms in apparent joy. as he left, soldiers and people from a nearby village chasing, look at them go, through the water, towards his boat, swarming the beach, wading into the freeding cold water, there he is waving good-bye, sending him off. but the reason for his visit to this area, it is a frightening one. this was all part of the young leader's swift and defiant response to u.n. sanctions against north korea. cnn international's veteran reporter, anchor, everything else, jim clancy, in the studio here. we know that the sanctions were unanimously approved, so explain to me what kim jong-un was doing in the hours afterwards. >> well, you know, i looked at that video and i thought to myself -- >> what was that? >> they really would be cheering if he was actually leaving the country, because it is a devastated wreck. he is on the ropes. he is more isolated than ever. this is all staged. we know that. >> propaganda. >> it is a propaganda film put together with a great leader there
. they are very concerned about the north's latest moves. look past the picture of kim jong un putting north korean rockets on standby. there is a chart marked u.s. mainland strike plan with missile trails at hawaii, california, d.c. and, for some reason, austin, texas. it's wishful thinking on pyongyang's part. they can't reach the u.s. yet. but tens of thousands of oh american troops are well within range of a more limited strike, something short of an all-out attack. >> i think it's more in the sense of north korea kind of getting right up to the edge, stumbling and falling over the edge. >> reporter: former ambassador chris hill says the real danger is the north shelling a border island like it did in 2010. hill says there is a wild card here that worries the u.s. young, inexperienced kim jong un's desire to prove himself as a leader. >> i think north koreans have their daughtoubts about whether kid is up to it. >> reporter: so far the rhetoric has not been matched by military moves. but it has no foreseeable end game and could go on for a while. north korea's protested on the streets on
missile attack. what the greater fear is kim jong u.n., kim the younger trying to prove himself and the military commanders trying to flex their power. some experts worry that that could lead to an attack not against the united states directly but against one of our allies, japan or south korea. shep? what did the united nations do today that is supposed to help prevent all of this. >> they introduced a series of measure in this security council resolution that are designed to stop north korea importing or crucially exporting nuclear technologies and stop the flow of cash that goes along with those kinds of exchanges of technology according to the u.s. ambassador to the u.n. susan rice, these are some of the strongest punishments the security council has ever put together. listen. >> taken together these sanctions will bite and bite hard. they increase north korea's isolation and raise the cost to north korea's leaders of defying the international community. >> now, importantly here, china has not just signed on to this resolution but, in fact, drafted it. but their words will b
appears to grow more impatient with its neighbor. the new leader kim jong-un has been mostly confrontational with the u.s. except for the unusual meeting with former basketball star dennis rodman. the white house is urging north korean cooperation. >> we urged the north korean leadership to president obama's call to go with the path of peace and come into compliance with the its international obligations. north korea violated u.n. security council resolutions and throatened international peace and security. >> reporter: north korea would cancel the 1953 sees fire because it claims washington and others are resorting to aggressive acts, martha. martha: what is congress doing about this crackdown on north korea? what is their idea? >> reporter: the foreign affairs committees in the house and senate are looking for the latest plan of action pushing for tougher new restrictions on north korea and today the house foreign affairs committee is examining how criminal activities like snuggling, counterfeiting, drug trafficking and insurance scams are supporting the authoritarian north
leader kim jong-un was seen today touring his military facilities and inspecting troops guarding the border with south korea. the north has promised to retaliate for new sanctions passed by the u.n. one general even claimed to have a long-range missile standing by armed with nuclear warheads. although experts agree north korea is not capable of that yet. >>> while millions of americans shovel snow this morning, there's a new report on climate change. that is heating up discussion of the issue. scientists confirm that global temperatures are the warmest they have been in some 4,000 years. and although climate change is natural, they say such rapid warming is a threat because we don't have much time to adapt to it, as we have in the past. >>> and in miami, the mayor's apologized to an 82-year-old woman seen here being forced off a commuter train because she was singing. the security guard, you can see here, dragged emma anderson through an open door. she eventually fell on the platform. the transit official defended the move, though, saying that anderson didn't have a permit to sin
to score a peace deal with kim jong-un and president obama. >>> horror at an exotic cat sanctuary in california after an intern was mauled to death by a 350-pound african lion. 24-year-old diana hanson was inside the enclosure alone when the lion attacked her. police arrived on the scene, shooting and killing the four-year-old animal. >> our thoughts and prayers go out to our friend and family and to her family at this time n this trying time. >> gretchen: her father says she loved what she did. >> she could work with nothing but big cats all day long. >> gretchen: it's still not clear why she was alone with the lion. coming up, wildlife expert jack hannah will join us with more on this story and his expert insight. >>> the case is closed now, police say no criminal charges will be filed in connection with the death of a woman who was refused cpr at a retirement home. >> they're refusing cpr. as a human being, is there anybody there that's willing to help this lady and not let her die? >> not at this time. >> gretchen: earlier the retirement home in california had said the worker
their leader, kim jong-un, during his made-for-tv inspection tour of military border facilities. kim wants the world to see this as he has dramatically stepped up his dangerous rhetoric. he's even threatening a nuclear attack on the u.s. as he faces tough u.n. sanctions for his recent nuclear test. the obama administration isn't backing down. >> we're also going to continue to increase the pressure if they don't make the right choice. >> reporter: on his way to afghanistan, defense secretary chuck hagel made clear how closely the u.s. is watching. >> the united states of america and our allies are prepared to deal with any threat. >> reporter: cnn has learned the u.s. has recently stepped up surveillance using aircraft, radars and satellites already nearby. military officials say so far there are no signs of unusual military moves by the north. but there is a disturbing new weapons program, the kn-08. u.s. officials say this missile shown in a north korean military parade last year, is now undergoing engine testing. it's a three-stage ballistic missile with a potential 3,000-mile range. th
being so belicose. >> there is so much news going on that something is wrong in the capitol. kim jong un has baseball been there for 15 months. he's been purging his father's officials which is standard operating procedure in the north korean regime, that's why they are expand being the north korean prison camps right now. when a regime is in disarray the hardest lines always set the tone. jon: there was speculation when he took office that he would need to prove to his military leaders that he was a tough guy, that he had backbone, is this his way of doing that? >> that's part of it. the other thing is that north korea always commits provocations within months of the inauguration of a south korean president to test the revolve of a new leader. hark yo u.n. g hai took office last week. jon: let's take a look at the sanctions the u.n. voted in on south korea. restricting financial and trade transactions, i would have thought that would already have been done. required mandatory inspection of suspicious cargo. asset freezes incorporated and travel plans for certain north korean leaders. a
trip to north korea. rodman became the first american to meet president kim jong-un last week in a widely criticized visit. but a spokesman for the former nba star says rodman wants to broker a peace deal between north korea and the u.s. i don't know how i feel about that. >> strange bedfellows. can you imagine if by some crazy stroke of craziness, nobel peace prize for dennis rodman. >>> staying with our international news coverage, in israel, they are dealing with a small swarm of locusts. sounds biblical. >> the experts say these critters blew over the border from egypt and the locals are doing whatever they can to minimize the damage, including spraying pesticides on their fields. so far no major agricultural damage is being reported. >> it's the first locust outbreak in israel in nine years. very creepy. makes me think of "the ten commandments." >> yes. what happens after the locusts? does it rain frogs? i don't remember. >> oh, right. in "the ten commandments," what happens after the locusts? i don't know. the nile turns red. there's all kinds of stuff. >> it's the end o
getting to know kim jong-un, what his intentions are and willing to do to prove his muscle as a leader in north korea, one. recent quotes out of north korea that the country will exercise the right to preemptive nuclear strike to destroy the strongholds of the aggressors and defend the supreme interests of this country. is there something new going on here? is this different? >> it is a little bit different. bellicose language out north korea's propaganda arm is not new. from time to time they threaten to turn tokyo or seoul into a sea of fire. they have done that with our own capitol. it comes on the heels of a fairly successful north korean nuclear test of 7 kilotons, which is half of hiroshima. jay carney, doing best impression of john wayne, not terribly convincing. the u.s. probably has capable of defending against the threat today. that threat is getting consideringably worse. our defense is no thanks to the obama administration, canceled the airborne laser which is the best blatt form to defend against a north korean missile in the boost phase. martha: they won't necessarily rec
watching the harlem globetrotters. that's where dennis rodman and kim jong-un were watching the harlem globetrotters together. >> stephanie: hal sparks, funniest teenager in chicago. [ ♪ "world news tonight" ♪ ] >> still have the shirt
of putting a nuclear warhead on its missile. kim jong-un was reviewing his troops after state television said it would launch a preemptive strike against the u.s. even if that is an empty threat, the u.s. could be drawn into a military clash to defend south korea. today south korea said if pyongyang attacked its country, it would erase north korea from the face of the earth. south korea and japan are now increasingly worried as the threat level reaches new heights under this new young leader, only 28 years old, and already he is really changing the landscape of threats. >> a story we are keeping a close eye on. andrea mitchell in washington, thank you. >>> >>> counterterrorism adviser john brennan was approved by the senate thursday as the new cia director. the vote came after the obama administration assured opponents that the u.s. would not use a drone to kill an american terror suspect who is not engaged in combat on american soil. >>> in venezuela, a hero's sendoff today for hugo chavez, a harsh critic of the u.s. who ruled for 14 years. nbc's mark potter is in caracas. good morning, mark
jong-un, during his military inspection tour of border facilities. kim wants the world to see this as he has dramatically stepped up his dangerous rhetoric. he's even threatening a nuclear attack on the u.s. as he faces tough u.n. sanctions for his recent nuclear test. the obama administration isn't packing down. >> we're also going to continue to increase the pressure if they don't make the right choice. >> reporter: on his way to afghanistan, defense secretary chuck hagel made clear how closely the u.s. is watching. >> the united states of america and our allies are prepared to deal with any threat. >> reporter: cnn has learned the u.s. has recently stepped up surveillance using aircraft, bars, and satellites nearby. so far, there are no signs of unusual military moves boy the nor -- moves boy the north. there's a disturbing program, the k08. this missile shown in a parade last year is undergoing engine testing. a three-stage ballistic missile with a potential 3,000-mile range. that's not as far as the rocket north korea launched which could hit alaska or hawaii. so why does
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